Bangkok based Haute Manufacture design studio P.Tendercool created a unique chair for the 2014 edition of The Cabinets de Curiosites de Thomas Erber at Siwilai, Central Embassy Bangkok.
Thomas Erber’s design brief required a great sense of Thainess. Stephanie Grusenmeyer and Pieter Compernol, Belgian founders and design directors of P.Tendercool, quickly reflected about using Tattoos as a design feature of their PT40 chair. Tattoos have been of a huge cultural importance in Thailand for centuries and often reflect animistic & religious motifs.
Thai tattoo master Khun Vans tattoos a ‘spider woman’, designed by French Designer Jerome Barrier, inspired by IREZUMI, a 1966 film by director Yasuzo Masumura.
This video shows khun Van attacking the chair as if it were a life subject. The tattooed chair fits wonderful in P.Tendercools philosophy of ‘cross cultural creations’: designed by belgians, hand-cast by an Italian bronze master in Thailand, leather-stitched by Thai sellier, enriched by a Thai Tatooed drawing by a french artist who found inspiration in a Japanese cult film, for a design exposition curated by a Frenchman hosted in a Thai store…